Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) vs. Austin Trout (25-0, 14
KO) – 12 Rounds
The final round begins and the crowd is backing Cotto, yelling
for blood. Trout is clearly playing the scorecards, tying Cotto up
every time Cotto comes too close. Trout still punches though when
he has his range. Trout backs Cotto into the corner and deals some
damage, but Cotto fights his way out with a brutal uppercut that
forces Trout backwards. Cotto feels the vibe with 1 minute to go
and knows that he needs to pull the trigger. Trout just isn’t
giving him the opportunity. The crowd drowns out the announcers and
Trout lands a final right hook as a exclamation mark on this
affair. But never leave it up to the judges. We shall see.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 117-111 Trout
Official result: Austin Trout wins via unanimous
decision (117-111, 117-111, 119-109)
Trout causes another stoppage in action, this time needing extra
tape on his gloves before coming out to open the 11th round. As the
round progresses, Trout’s boxing skill is getting frustrating.
Cotto wants this to be a brawl for a KO, but Trout is making all
the right decision s and not overcommitting to try and secure a
knockout. Cotto switches to southpaw, but isn’t dealing any more
damage that before. Trout looks almost as fresh as round 1, while
Cotto is clearly worse for the wear. Not that Cotto doesn’t have
plenty of juice left to finish this fight.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 107-102 Trout
This fight could be a lot closer than our scores show, as many
of these rounds have been razor thin. Trout has been the more
composed boxer and often controls the action, but Cotto has moments
of sheer rage, cornering Trout and dealing dangerous damage. Trout
re-establishes the jab this round before beating Cotto with a
series of left hooks. He then lands a solid uppercut and Cotto
seems a little off. Cotto again, seems to hold back until the last
30 second before coming forward with a melee, but he is gambling
quite a bit trying to win rounds this way.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 97-93 Trout
The story of round 9 is the HUGE low blow that caught Cotto 1
minute into the round. Cotto grimaces in pain, but Trout is not
docked a point. Trout’s aggression is still being rewarded as Cotto
is breathing heavily through his mouth and backing away from the
action. Late in the round, Cotto’s dodging improves and Trout is
still missing quite a bit. A lot of brawling in this round as
opposed to boxing. Surprisingly, that fell into Trout’s hands.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 87-84 Trout
Early in round 8 Cotto is moving worward and gets tied up with
Trout. The ref breaks the boxers up and Cotto keeps coming. It’s as
if Cotto knows he lost that last round and wants to get his point
back now. Trout however has gotten used to the motion and has
changed into a counter-puncher. Cotto manages to land a nice hook,
but Trout has landed many more strikes. 45 seconds to go the ref
stops the action to cut a string of tape from Trout’s glove. That
same glove finds it’s way to Cotto’s face when the action resumes.
But Cotto gets revenge in a final flurry when when corners Trout in
an attempt to steal the round.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 77-75 Trout
Halfway home and things are getting heated. The two fighters
stand toe-to-toe in the center of the ring. Trout is leading the
action, but every time the men trade shots, Cotto seems to deliver
the harder blow. Cotto’s left eye is swelling as a result of
continued jabbing from Trout. Cotto is losing a bit of his
composure and Trout still shows title-worthy control.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 67-66 Trout
Cotto is working Trout’s body with ease as Trout continues
headhunting with the jab. Cotto is letting Trout come to him and
seems to be landing solid blows as Trout awkwardly moves forward.
Cotto lands a hook that makes the crowd scream with joy, but late
in the round Trout gets Cotto against the ropes and flails wildly.
Cotto evades many of the blows and turns the tables attacking Trout
with ferocity as the round closes.
Score: 10-9 Cotto, 57-57 even
Both men are maintaining high energy, giving the crowd at MSG a
great show. Trout is picking up his punch count and is still
landing good shots. The increased punching is bringing this fight
into closer range which plays well for Cotto. with 1 minute to go,
Trout lands a low blow on Cotto and the bout pauses for about 30
sec. in the remaining time Trout continues to be aggressive, but he
is getting caught, as Cotto is landing some nice counter hooks and
using Trout’s momentum against him. A very tight round, that may go
to Trout solely on aggression.
Score: 10-9 Trout, 48-47 Trout
Trout is making a campaign about keeping Cotto at a distance
with the right jab. He’s finding some success, but it is also
infuriating Cotto to the points where he charges inward like a
bull. In his first charge, Cotto lands a solid straight left. Later
he lands a combination. Trout returns fire with a 3 punch
combination of his own. Cotto comes in to hold Trout but continues
to throw body punches for damage. 30 seconds to go. Cotto is
turning wild, while Trout maintains poise. Both men show skill, but
Cotto is ready to turn this into a brawl. Will he get his wish?
Score: 10-9 Cotto, 38-38 even
This round has a pattern. Trout land 5-7 jabs while Cotto backs
him up into the corner. Once they reach the corner, Cotto unleashes
a flurry of 5-7 punches in return and then Trout escapes. This
repeats for the first two minutes, but in the final minute Cotto
becomes the aggressor, leading the jabs and hooks that for the
first time seem to be making Trout a little uneasy. Has Cotto
turned the corner?
Score: 10-9 Cotto, 29-28 Trout
Cotto comes into round 2 with a welt on his forehead, proving
the Trout is dealing some significant damage early. Cotto continues
to pressure moving in ways that force Trout against the ropes, but
Trout quickly move away in an effort to re-establish his reach
advantage. Trout is still finding success with the jab, but Cotto
is going nowhere. Trout is occasionally ducking now opening up a
great opportunity for an uppercut, but Cotto hasn’t taken it yet.
Another close one. And the judges likely have this even, but it
should be another round to Trout, due to Cotto’s multiple
Score: 10-9 Trout, 20-18 Trout
The crowd is absolutely electric and 110% in Cotto’s corner.
Cotto is the aggressor early, pushing the action, but Austin Trout
is more than game. Trout sets up some nice hooks with his jab. With
one minute to go both men trade powerful left hooks, but neither
wavers. Trout seems to be finding a rhythm while Cotto wants to
land combinations of gut punishing shots. A close round, and if you
listen to the crowd, it went to Cotto, but Trout likely deserves
Score: 10-9 Trout
Salvador Sanchez II (34-4-3, 18 KO) vs. Jayson Velez
(19-0, 14 KO) – 10 Rounds
It’s round 3 and 3 seconds after the bell, Velez decks Sanchez
and sends him back to the canvas. Sanchez seems to not have
recovered at all from the minute break between rounds. Sanchez
stands up but still appears dazed, and Velez pounces. He nails
Sanchez with hooks and uppercuts, leaving Sanchez on jelly legs.
With little hesitation the ref steps in to stop the fight.
Official result: Velez wins by TKO 0:38 into Round
3 (Wins WBC Silver Featherweight title)
Velez picks up where he left off, landing series of
combinations. a strong 3 punch combo sends Sanchez reeling against
the ropes. Velez follows with and uppercut and then unleashes more
fury against the ropes. Even the commentators mention Velez is
“making it rain”. Sanchez is showing a decent chin and even still
manages to come forward while getting decked, but Velez is not
over-committing and keeps near perfect control. with 5 seconds to
go, Velez lands 4 consecutive hooks knocking Sanchez to the canvas.
Score: 10-8 Velez, 20-17 Velez
Velez steps to the center of the ring and takes position while
Sanchez is bouncing at a rapid pace. Neither fighter is being
overly active but Velez seems to be getting the better of the early
exchanges. Velez continues to lead with the left occasionally
setting up a nice right. Sanchez has done little to compete. Velez
knocks Sanchez against the ropes and wins this round easily.
Score: 10-9 Velez
Chris Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO) vs. Daniel Jacobs (23-1,
20 KO) – 8 Rounds
**Official result: Fitzpatrick’s corner stops the fight entering
Round 6. Jacobs wins by TKO.
Jacobs comes out at the halfway point with some more energy. He
may have been resting in round 4. Jacobs is showing a lot more
movement and dominating the action. Fitzpatrick is spending a lot
of time with his hands up, but the seond the drop, Jacobs bangs him
with a right hook. 30 second to go and Jacobs is looking for a
knockout. Fitzpatrick is absorbing tons of blow, but he refuses to
go down. The round mercifully ends.
Score: 10-9 Jacobs, 49-46 Jacobs
Only 8 rounds and Fitzpatrick needs to do something big now if
he wants to stay in this fight. Fitzpatrick comes forward,
unafraid, and lands a few quality body blows to Jacobs. Jacobs has
been pretty successful with some counterpunching but isn’t fighting
guns blazing the same way he was at the end of round 3. With 1
minute to go Jacobs begins to come forward putting Fitzpatrick on
his heels, but Jacobs has really toned back the aggression. 10
seconds is marked and Jacobs flies into action, trying to steal the
round, but it looks like Fitzpatrick might have finally taken
Score: 10-9 Fitzpatrick, 39-37 Jacobs
Jacobs returns to southpaw, possibly in an effort to throw
Fitzpatrick off, but it’s probably not necessary. 30 seconds in the
fighters butt heads. This isn’t good as Fitzpatrick walks away with
a cut on his hairline. Jacobs sees the blood and gets aggressive.
He blasts Fitzpatrick with a right, then a right left combo. The
flurries continue and Jacobs is not letting up, pressuring
Fitzpatrick against the ropes. Fitzpatrick has clearly slowed.
Left, right, left, Jacobs is attacking like a mad man. This is
getting brutal as the bell rings.
Score: 10-9 Jacobs, 30-27 Jacobs
Jacobs is becoming more evasive in the second round showing that
he has more control. Fitzpatrick is not being a slouch at all,
still throwing punches with steam. Jacobs is forcing Fitzpatrick
against the ropes a little more this round. He’s using the jab
effectively but not really putting together combinations. Jacobs
has landed the left hook a few times though giving him the
Score: 10-9 Jacobs, 20-18 Jacobs
Danny Jacobs is continuing his comeback, having survived a bout
with cancer and he looks to be in great shape for this fight.
Fitzpatrick is aggressive early being the more active puncher.
Jacobs seems more reserved looking to pick his spot. Having started
in southpaw, Jacobs switches back to orthodox halfway through the
round. The fighters trade hard rights and later Jacobs lands
another counter. Jacobs is maintaining the center of the ring.
Fitzpatrick throws a few blows at the end of the round but mostly
Score: 10-9 Jacobs
WBA World Light Middleweight Title
Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) vs. Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO)
WBC Silver Featherweight Title
Salvador Sanchez II (34-4-3, 18 KO) vs. Jayson Velez (19-0, 14
Chris Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KO) vs. Daniel Jacobs (23-1, 20